Showing posts with label 10CC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 10CC. Show all posts

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

I'm Mandy fly me - 10CC

10CC band member Eric Stewart recalled about this song, 'National Airlines used to have this beautiful poster that they displayed of this gorgeous stewardess inviting you onto the plane. Now her name wasn't Mandy actually, it was something like, er, oh gosh knows, "I'm Cindy", a very American name. "I'm Cindy, fly me" which was a quite sexual connotation as well, but I remember seeing in Manchester this beautiful poster and just below it was this tramp, I mean a serious tramp, quite a raggedy guy, looking up at this girl, and I thought God, do you know, there's a song there. I know he's never gonna get on an aeroplane, I don't think, except in his dreams. So I brought it back, the idea back to the studio, where we were writing for the How Dare You! album, and put it to the guys: "Anybody interested in this 'I'm Mandy Fly Me'". I'd switched it to Mandy. And Graham said "yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I've got some ideas, I've got some chords. Let's slot those things in, try it, mess it around". We wrote it, and we didn't like it. But, enter from stage left, ha ha, the "wicked villain" Kevin Godley, twiddling his moustache, says "I know what's wrong with it. Let's sit down again." He said "I think it just gets too bland, it just goes on, on one plane, your verses and your middles and your der-der-der, they're all going on the one plane. What it needs is someone to go 'Bash' on the side of your head". So we changed the rhythm completely, and we put two whacking great guitar solos in there, in the middle of this quiet, soft, floaty song. Once we'd got that idea in, it, it just gelled into something else. Again, impossible to dance to, as a lot of 10cc tracks were.'

I found this single in between a heap of old, uninteresting vinyl, but this one stood out because both the sleeve and record were in great condition. I couldn't let go of a classic track like this.

My collection: 7" single no. 5877
Found: Kringloop Den Haag, November 12, 2016
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'I'm Mandy fly me' / 'How dare you'

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Rubber bullets - 10CC

Written and sung by Kevin Godley, Lol Creme and Graham Gouldman and produced by 10CC, "Rubber Bullets" was the band's first number 1 hit in the United Kingdom, spending one week at the top in June 1973. The track is a tongue in cheek homage to 'Jailhouse Rock' with a Beach Boys influence.

Band member Eric Stewart recalled: 'I was amazed, but pleased that the BBC never banned the track, although they limited its airplay, because they thought it was about the ongoing Northern Ireland conflicts. In fact, it was about an Attica State Prison riot like the ones in the old James Cagney films.'

My collection: 7" single no. 5196
Found: Record Exchange, London, October 14, 2011
Cost: 50p
Tracks: 'Rubber bullets' / 'Waterfall'

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Life is a minestrone - 10CC

In 1975, 10CC made an important step in their career. Eric Stewart comments: 'At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King's label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King's contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we've done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said 'This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We'll do anything, we'll sign it'. On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money.'

The song was 'I'm not in love', one of the tracks on 10CC's 1975 album 'Original Soundtrack', their first to be released on the Mercury label. But the first single from that album was not 'I'm not in love', but 'Life is a minestrone', a track that was more similar to 10CC's earlier work. It reached number 17 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 7 in the UK singles chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 4616
Found: La La Land, Den Haag, March 5, 2010
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Life is a minestrone' / 'Channel swimmer'

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

I'm not in love / Dreadlock holiday - 10CC

'I'm not in love' was originally written around a bossa nova style beat and tempo. Lol Creme suggested slowing it down, while Kevin Godley suggested replacing the beat with a built-up wall of voices. The ethereal sound was created by laboriously building up multiple overdubs of the voices of Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Godley and Creme singing a single note in unison. This multi-track was then mixed down and dubbed down onto 16-track tape. This process was repeated across all sixteen tracks to create a lush 256-voice "virtual" choir that could "sing" chromatic chords. A number of these prepared multi-tracks were then cut into several endless loops, each of which contained the basic notes of the main chords used in the song. The chorus loops could then be played by using the mixing desk rather like a keyboard. Each chord could be sounded by bringing up the fader for that loop. The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: "Be quiet, big boys don't cry...", which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist of the Strawberry Studios where the band recorded the track.

Released in May 1975, it became the band's second number 1 single in the UK. In the US Billboard Hot 100 chart it peaked at number 2 and in the Dutch Top 40 it reached number 5.

My collection: 7" single no. 553
Found: London, October 1987
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'I'm not in love' / 'Dreadlock holiday'

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

The things we do for love - 10CC

After the departure of Godley and Creme, Stewart and Gouldman opted to continue as 10CC, bringing in to the studio drummer Paul Burgess, who had up to that point been their tour backup drummer. Their first album as a three piece band was 'Deceptive bends' in 1977.

The album yielded three hit singles, of which 'The things we do for love' was the first. It reached number 6 in the UK singles chart, number 5 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 13 in the Dutch Top 40. Stewart later said he and Gouldman felt vindicated by the success: 'I was out to prove also that we could write a hit album without Kevin and Lol ... we did!'

My collection: 7" single no. 4513
Found: Any old time, Amsterdam, January 30, 2010
Cost: 0,1 euro
Tracks: 'The things we do for love' / 'Hot to trot'

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Dreadlock holiday - 10CC

10CC were huge in the autumn of 1978, because of this single. 'Dreadlock holiday' became a classic almost at the time of its release as a single. It was played a lot on radio and television and eventually became a number 1 hit in several European countries, including the UK and the Netherlands.

I bought this USA pressing of 'Dreadlock holiday' during a pop festival, but it wasn't a happy purchase: the single turned out to be a horrible mispressing. You can hear it here: the single warbles like a maniac. I hear mispressings can be worth a lot, so maybe a 10CC fan is interested in this one...

My collection: 7" single no. 432
Found: Parkpop, Den haag, June 29, 1986
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Dreadlock holiday' / 'Nothing can move me'

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Feel the love - 10CC

'Windows in the jungle' was released in 1983 as the ninth studio album by 10CC. Eric Stewart recalled that the finished album did not meet his initial expectations: 'It started as a concept album and I'm sorry I didn't pursue that goal, the pressure for the hit single always got in the way with 10CC albums.'

'Feel the love' was the second single from the album. It was promoted with a tennis-themed music video directed by former 10CC members Godley and Creme. The single did not chart in the UK, but did reach number 7 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 887
Found: All that music, Leiden, June 16, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Feel the love' / 'She gives me pain'

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Food for thought - 10CC

The 1983 10CC album was mostly a product of Eric Stewart, as Graham Gouldman only performed partial lead vocals on one song. The album featured a lot of session musicians and Stewart later reflected that the original idea of a concept album was not realised. 'I longed to be like Pink Floyd and just go for large musical statements like 'One night in Paris' and 'Feel the benefit', but we were locked onto the singles roundabout, the 'quick buck', and it was impossible to break free at the time.'

Two singles were taken from the album, '24 hours' and 'Feel the love', but in Holland, a third single was released: 'Food for thought'. It was reasonably successful too, reaching number 21 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 428
Found: Parkpop, Den Haag, June 29, 1986
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Food for thought' / 'The secret life of Henry'

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Don't turn me away - 10CC

The eighth studio album by 10CC was 'Ten out of 10', released in 1981. It failed to chart in the USA and UK. The album marked the first involvement with the band by American singer-songwriter Andrew Gold. The American record company wanted more of an American flavour to the album.

In the UK, the record company was less enthusiastic about this change. They replaced all three of Andrew Gold's contributions, as well as a Gouldman-penned track, with four tracks by Gouldman and Stewart. The second single taken from the album was 'Don't turn me away', written by Eric Stewart. I always thought it was an excellent song, however this single too failed to chart.

My collection: 7" single no. 594
Found: All that music, Leiden, February 16, 1988
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Don't turn me away' / 'Tomorrow's world today'

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

One two five - 10CC

'Look hear?' was the seventh studio album by 10CC, released in 1980. The album was recorded at the band's Strawberry Studios South in Dorking, Surrey.

Two singles were lifted from the album, of which 'One two five' was the first. It was not a big hit, reaching only number 85 in Australia.

My collection: 7" single no. 889
Found: All that music, Leiden, June 16, 1989
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'One two five' / 'Only child'

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